Film showing: “Tears of Gaza”.

Tears of Gaza is a Norwegian anti-war documentary from 2010. It looks at Operation Cast Lead, (Israel’s massive, 22-day military assault on the Gaza Strip killing some 1,400 Palestinians), through the eyes of a group of Palestinian children.  “Disturbing, powerful and emotionally devastating, Tears of Gaza is less a conventional documentary than a record–presented with minimal gloss – of the 2008 to 2009 bombing of Gaza by the Israeli military. Photographed by several Palestinian cameramen both during and after the offensive, this powerful film by director Vibeke Løkkeberg focuses on the impact of the attacks on the civilian population. 
Tears of Gaza
 makes no overriding speeches or analyses. The situation leading up to the incursion is never mentioned. Similar events certainly occurred in Dresden, Tokyo, Baghdad and Sarajevo, but of course Gaza isn’t those places.Tears of Gaza demands that we examine the costs of war on a civilian populace.” (from the ultimate anti-war film. A compelling film about war.” – Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

 Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 20th March 2014

 For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

“The Quiet Deportation” – Palestinian Residency Rights in Jerusalem

By Megan Driscoll,  Jerusalemites Campaign.

Since 1967, more than 14,000 Jerusalemites have lost their residency IDs and, as such, their right to live in their city of birth.

Termed the quiet deportation, Israel’s intricate web of discriminatory policies in Jerusalem – including ID revocation, the ban on family unification, and barriers to child registration – are too often ignored in the discussion of Palestinian rights in Jerusalem.

This presentation will delve into these measures, examine their far-reaching consequences, and focus largely on what steps can be taken at the international level by policy-makers and solidarity activists alike to pressure Israel to end its efforts to ethnically cleanse the city.

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 20th  February 2014

  For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

Film: “And Still They Dance”

By Musheir El-Farra

In 2005 a group of young Palestinian folk dancers from the northern refugee camp in Jabalia toured the north of England. They entertained and educated raptured audiences. This is their story, the product of 7 years’ work.

The film, “And Still They Dance” takes you from the unbridled joy of their performances to their accounts of life in a refugee camp under Israeli occupation.

Musheir El-Farra, Chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign and director of “And Still They Dance”, will introduce the film and take questions after it’s screening.

Copies of the DVD will be available to buy on the night. All proceeds go towards supporting children’s projects in Gaza, Palestine.  As Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s website explains, “We currently support three childrens’ projects, and a mobile library, each project based in one of the many refugee camps which are found in the Gaza Strip. The four projects try to provide the children and young people who live in the camps with a safe place to play, socialise and to learn.”

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 7pm, Thursday 21st November 2013

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

The Action Palestine Society invites you to ‘Right to Education Week 2013’ (11th- 15th November).

The Right to Education campaign in Palestine is a grassroots movement that seeks to document, research and raise awareness about the issues facing Palestinian students, teachers and academic institutions under the Israeli occupation. It is a campaign of international awareness raising and lobbying to isolate and put pressure the Israeli government.

R2E Palestine was founded in 1988 in Birzeit University during the 1st Intifada when 11 universities and 1194 schools (plus nurseries) were forced to close. Birzeit University opened in 1973, since then it has closed 15 times. The longest period of closure was from 1988-1992. During this time, students and academics showed strong acts of defiance, including holding lectures outside the university gates or in lecturers’ houses.

Events 1. Monday 11th Stall Time: 12-4pm Venue: Outside the SU For more information about the stalls and how you can participate, please follow this link:

Film Screening Time: 4-6pm Venue: Club Academy (SU) Price: Free For more information about the film screening, please follow this link:

2. Tuesday 12th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place Direct Action and Stunts put across a strong visual message and are an effective way of reaching out to a wide audience. If you would like to participate in the stunt, please follow this link for more information:

3. Wednesday 13th Stall Time: 10-12pm Venue: Outside the SU

‘Voices from Palestine’ event: Video link with students at An-Najah University Time: 4-6pm Venue: Room 2 (SU) Price: Free This event will comprise of a talk by a guest speaker from ‘Friends of Al-Aqsa’ and a Video Conference with academics and Palestinian students from An-Najah University, allowing them to tell us first-hand about the barriers to education that are imposed by Israel, and to answer questions about life in Palestine as a Palestinian.

4. Thursday 14th Stunt Time: 12-2pm Venue: University Place

Technion Debate Time: TBC Venue: University Place, Lecture Theatre 1 Price: Free

5. Friday 15th Talk, Photo Exhibition and meal Guest speakers including Malaka Mohammad (student from Gaza) Time: 6:30pm – 10pm Venue: Lal Qila (Curry mile) Price: £8 Includes 3 course meal Tickets can be found at our stall outside the student union Monday and Wednesday. Alternatively you can contact the Action Palestine society to reserve a ticket.

If you would like to volunteer at any of our events, please attend our ‘Right to Education Week Volunteers Meeting’. Date: Wednesday 6th November Time: 5:30 – 7pm Venue: Room 7

Please join us at some of our events throughout the week to show your support to the Palestinian cause as well as highlighting the educational struggle of children all across the world in countries of conflict and war. A timetable of events can be found here:

We hope you have had a lovely week. See you soon!

From, Your AP committee May Peace and Blessings be upon you. For any queries, contact Huma: 07557090180

Public Meeting: Ground the Drones


Over the past five years there has been a massive rise in the use of armed unmanned drones, often controlled from thousands of miles away, to launch deadly airstrikes.  While supporters of drones say they are a ‘precise’ and ‘pinpoint’ accurate weapons, in Pakistan, Gaza , Afghanistan and Yemen, hundreds, perhaps thousands of innocent civilians have been  killed.

Some argue that drones are no different from other weapons but the reality is that drones are making the option of resorting to war much easier, and although the drone wars era has just started, already there have been drones strikes by US, UK and Israeli forces in at least ten countries.

Drones are a real risk to international peace and security and eroding the laws of war.  Come and learn more about drones, how they are being used and what is planned for the future.  Together we can Ground the Drones!

Chris Cole is a researcher and activist.  He is co-author of Convenient Killing: Armed Drones and the Playstation Mentality, secretary of the UK Drones Campaign Network and maintains the respected Drone Wars UK website

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 17th October 2013

Supported by CND, Manchester PSC, Manchester StopTheWar,Drones Campaign Network


Brunch For Palestine


Sunday 13th October 11:00-14:00

We are raising money to support the Sheffield Palestinian
Women’s Scholarship Fund which is currently helping 20
Palestinian women in Gaza access higher education. Women’s
education in Gaza is under serious threat and this fund
supports young Palestinian women in a very positive way.

Our fundraiser Brunch includes:
❉ A buffet breakfast in lovely surroundings and good
A presentation by Kathy who has recently returned from
a fact finding trip and would like to share her experiences
with you.
❉ Stall of Palestinian Goods (Chance for some early Christmas
Donations Welcome.

For more information please contact:


Public Meeting: The British Left and Zionism: History of a Divorce

Talk by Paul Kelemen

When in March this year Ed Miliband declared that he ‘has huge respect for what Israel does’, he followed  a long line of Labour party leaders. But why has the Labour party  been such a staunch supporter of Israel?

And what has been the position of the other political forces within the British Left?

These are the main questions that Paul Kelemen examines in his book The British Left and Zionism, History of a Divorce (Manchester University Press, 2012) and  on which he will be speaking.

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 19th September 2013

British Left and Zionism

Copies of the book will be on sale at the meeting.

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968


Palestine: The Tipping Point

Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

7pm, Thursday 22nd August 2013

Palestine: The Tipping Point

 by Tanya Mikaiel.

Tanya Mikaiel has recently returned from her first visit to Palestine. She reflects that: “the situation for Palestinians is getting worse. However, many believe this is the beginning of the end for the Israeli occupation of Palestine:  ‘The tipping point’.

With increased awareness and effective activism, is the end of Israel’s apartheid regime becoming more and more of a reality?

Spending 2 weeks in Palestine has given me a greater insight into the everyday lives of the Palestinians.  It was an eye-opening experience, and one I would like to share with you.”

Leaflet for Talk

For more information contact Linda on 07985 624968

Manchester PSC Discussion Group Programme




‘Generation Palestine: Voices from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement’ edited by Rich Wiles.

THURSDAY JULY 18TH – 7pm FILM – BUDRUS (A timely testimony to the power of peaceful resistance)

THURSDAY AUGUST 15TH – 7pm Report from  Branch members on the recent visit to Palestine. S



NOVEMBER 21st – 7pm MUSHEIR AL FARRA (Sheffield eePSC) to present his film ‘ AND STILL THEY DANCE’ re situation in his native Gaza following ‘Operation Cast Lead’.

For more details contact Linda – Chair 07985624968

Manchester Branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign